It was not a pretty scene for the Chicago Cubs versus the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday night. Cubs starter Cole Hamels struggled in his first start back in Philly since leaving the team and the Cubs dropped the game 11-1.
Tony Kemp lead off in place of Jason Heyward, who was scratched from the lineup with left knee inflammation. Kemp struck out against Phillies starter Aaron Nola. Nick Castellanos grounded out back to Nola, and Kris Bryant struck out to make it a 1-2-3 inning.
Rhys Hoskins led off the bottom of the first with a single for the Phillies. After a lineout from J.T. Realmuto (with a great diving catch by Bryant at third), Bryce Harper homered to put the Phillies ahead 2-0. The inning ended on a ground out from Jean Segura and a pop out from Scott Kingery.
The Phillies added two more runs in the second on a single from Nola and a sacrifice fly from Hoskins to put them up 4-0.
Things really broke open in the third inning. Kingery led off with a double, followed by singles from Roman Quinn and César Hernández. The Hernández single was for an RBI, changing the score to 5-0. With Adam Haseley at bat, the Phillies executed a double steal, with Hernández moving to second and Quinn to third. Haseley singled for another RBI, and with the score at 6-0, Hamels was pulled. He lasted two innings, with nine hits, eight runs (all earned), two walks, and two strikeouts. The unfortunate performance brought to mind questions regarding his recent oblique injury and whether or not he was truly back to full health.
Alec Mills entered the game for the Cubs and pitched to Nola first, whom he walked. Hoskins grounded into a forceout, with Hernández out at home. The Phillies busted ahead 10-0 on a grand slam from Realmuto, followed by a single from Harper. The inning mercifully ended after Segura grounded into a double play.
Harper hit his second home run of the night in the sixth inning, and the Cubs now trailed 11-0.
Bryant finally put the Cubs on the board with a leadoff home run in the seventh inning. The inning would end with the Cubs trailing 11-1, as Anthony Rizzo and Javier Báez both lined out and Kyle Schwarber struck out for out three.
Nick Pivetta replaced Nola on the mound in the top of the eighth and got a swinging strikeout from Ian Happ. Victor Caratini then grounded out to short and Mills was called out on strikes.
The Phillies sent Juan Nicasio to the mound in the ninth. Castellanos singled with one out and advanced to third on defensive indifference after a Bryant strikeout, but the game ended on a fly out to left field from Rizzo.